Feyenoord win first leg of Europa Conference League semi-final

FEYENOORD 3-2 MARSEILLE: Dutch side win thrilling first leg of Europa Conference League semi-final after fightback from Ligue 1 outfit in Rotterdam

  • Cyriel Dessers scored twice to give Feyenoord the advantage after the first leg
  • Four of the five goals came in the first-half before Dessers’ netted the winner
  • Marseille fought back to level after going 2-0 down inside the first 20 minutes

Feyenoord earned a narrow 3-2 win over Marseille in a thrilling first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final in Rotterdam.

Four of the five goals came in a breathtaking first half at De Kuip before Cyriel Dessers scored his second of the match to ensure his team will take a slender lead to France for next week’s return leg.

Marseille will no doubt be satisifed with the result after the Duch outfit threatened to run away with it in the opening period.

Feyenoord earned a narrow 3-2 win over Marseille in a thrilling first leg in Rotterdam

The Dutch side produced a rampant display in the first half and were 2-0 up early on

Feyenoord scored twice in as many minutes early in the first half to take the upper hand in the tie.

Dessers and Luis Sinisterra provided the reward for a positive start in which the hosts mounted wave after wave of attacks.

But Marseille pulled a goal back with a thunderous strike from 25 metres from Bamba Dieng that flew past Ofir Marciano at his near post in the 28th minute.

They were level before the break as the keeper could only parry Matteo Guendouzi’s cross and Gerson fired into the net from 10 metres in the 40th.

Dessers put Feyenoord back in front straight after the break as Duje Caleta-Car left his back pass to keeper Steve Mandanda short and the Nigeria international stole in to score.

The winner will meet either Leicester or Roma in the final, with their tie level at 1-1 after the first leg at the King Power Stadium.

More to follow. 

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